Students from the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Germany recently developed and built this extraordinary Boxel pavilion out of 2,000 beer crates. The pavilion is part of a course on how to develop structures from computer modeling to construction. The result is a full-scale pavilion that spent its summer on campus, providing the coolest music venue around.
The students used computer modeling to first establish load bearing and positioning of the crates. After a few assembly tests they went about erecting the structure using screws and slats, bracing for the upper part, and concrete-filled boxes for the base. In all the construction took one week.
The boxes are old beer crates donated by a local brewery. After the pavilion comes down they will be recycled. The reuse of materials and intent of the project reminds us of the Be Paletto pallet pavilion, but the structural system is reminiscent of the Cell Brick house — form, function, and materials all blended to a cohesive whole.